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From the acceptance speech of President Barack Obama:
“The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America — I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there. I promise you — we as a people will get there.”
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Steve Sack, Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Now that the 2008 election is over, reporters are spilling all the juiciest, and previously off the record, gossip from the campaign trail. Much of it is about the infighting between Palin and McCain’s staff, as Newsweek’s treasure trove of post-election gossip reveals. However, perhaps one of the most astounding and previously unknown tidbits about Sarah Palin has to do with her already dubious grasp of geography.
According to Fox News Chief White House Correspondent Carl Cameron, there was great concern within the McCain campaign that Palin lacked “a degree of knowledgeability necessary to be a running mate, a vice president, a heartbeat away from the presidency,” in part because she didn’t know which countries were in NAFTA, and she “didn’t understand that Africa was a continent, rather than a series, a country just in itself.”
The obvious winners are Barack Obama, Congressional Democrats, all the volunteers that worked hard to make this dream a reality and the progressives that wanted this change so badly.
Politico has highlighted the winners and losers of this campaign election. I agree that the verdict on the victors will come not from a single night of election returns but from the actions the winners take to remedy the nation’s economic ills and extricate it from two long and costly wars.
President Bush. The worst President in history. The debt, deregulation, the two wars, and his unpopularity helped doom John McCain who voted for Bush policies 90% of the time.
Steve Schmidt. McCain’s main strategist was brought in after a shake-up to hammer Obama hard every day, and he did that with gusto, hatching the highly effective “Celebrity” ad equating Obama with Paris Hilton. Schmidt’s mid-campaign testosterone boost turned off independents, young voters and women. Meanwhile, the base never believed the Arizona senator was one of their own – even when Schmidt succeeded in persuading McCain to choose Sarah Palin as his running mate.
Rudy Giuliani. America’s mayor began the year as the Republican front-runner by making the case for the big-tent GOP approach. He ended it as a caustic Republican attack dog at a time when GOP partisanship has turned off the very independents Giuliani initially attracted.
Bill Kristol. The former Republican White House aide-turned-New York Times columnist was one of the loudest voices in favor of invading Iraq. And he was among the first to suggest Palin could be McCain’s savior. It proved to be a brilliant move. For about two weeks.
Veteran Congressional aide Phil Schiliro will head up President-elect Obama’s legislative affairs transition effort, the transition office announced today, and he is expected to become the new administration’s White House legislative affairs director, several senior Democratic sources confirmed.
Schiliro, who has been serving as Obama’s chief conduit to Capitol Hill since July 2007, most recently served as the senior aide to Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.). While most White House legislative affairs directors have hailed from K Street, Obama turned to the Hill – keeping with his pledge to purge the influence of lobbyists from his administration.
Schiliro has a long tenure on Capitol Hill. In addition to spending years on the House side with Waxman, he also worked in the Senate for then-Majority Leader Tom Daschle (S.D.).
“One of the most important things in the office of legislative affairs at the White House is that the person is of significant stature so that Members don’t feel they need to talk to someone else, too,” such as the president’s chief of staff or a Cabinet official, this source said.
The world reacts to the news that Barack Obama is elected the 44th President of the United States.
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